Bathroom Vanity Cabinet Storage

I totally took a cue from Cassie’s post yesterday and got my butt in gear on working to resolve our bathroom storage issue. We have a very small bathroom upstairs that serves as our master bathroom, but unfortunately it is the only bathroom up there, so we share it with the boys. OK, OK, might as well call it a community bathroom.

Anywho, it has a standard-size {read: small} vanity cabinet that doesn’t even have drawers that really pull out. It has those fake ones that are just for looks. Other than this cabinet, the only storage we have is the linen closet, but that’s pretty full with towels and my crazy amount of lotions and products {this will be my next organization project in here}. As you can see from this next picture, Jake and I really need a space that allows for easy and convenient access when we get ready in the morning, while allowing our counters to be clear when not in use. You can see we were not properly utilizing the storage space:

Pretty pathetic, huh? Poor Jake was only working with that tiny black basket to store his essentials.

Well, so off to Target and the Dollar Store I went. I found these small containers at the dollar store. They ended up being the perfect size for the drawers I would find at my next stop, Target.

I also found this basket that I ended up using for my curler set. I don’t use this set too much, but this basket will make it easy to grab out of the cabinet and keeps the clips corralled with it.

And here are the contents of the drawers {I got so lucky that these drawers fit perfectly around the plumbing pipes}. The black and clear drawer on top of mine holds all of my mani/pedi supplies for easy grab-and-go access, since I like to do them in the living room while watching TV after the boys go to bed.

I wanted to add the extra special touch of labeling the drawers and I remembered that I still had some of my Martha Stewart file cabinet labels leftover from my desk organization project.

Unfortunately, I only had two of them, not three, so I decided to just label the drawers for Jake and me and figured the toilet paper drawer would be fine without.

So there you have it, my organized bathroom cabinet storage. I am so excited about it…this will prevent clutter on our countertop and allow more space in the linen closet for other things.

So what do you think?

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Trash to Treasure: Jewelry Display

A couple months ago, I found a skinny little basic black-framed bulletin board at Goodwill for a couple bucks. It also had a place at the top of it for a 4×6 photo. Not immediately knowing what I was going to use it for, I went ahead and bought it (I apologize for the lack of “before” photo, I could swear I took one and can’t find it!)
It then sat in my garage amongst my other Goodwill finds that I have yet to “treasure”.
I’ve been inspired by a lot of the bulletin-boards-turned-jewelry-organizers I’ve seen on the www lately. I decided that would be the perfect transformation for this little bulletin board find of mine.
First, I had to figure out what I wanted to put in that little 4×6 photo frame. After some thought, I decided a cute quote that would be inspiring in the morning would be the way to go, since I planned on hanging this jewelry organizer in the vanity area I have started making in my closet (more to come on that, by the way!) I will be starting my day there every day – picking out an outfit, putting on makeup and of course, accessorizing with some bling.
I went with this quote by Audrey Hepburn – and got on my computer to make a cute chevron background:
Don’t you agree that is the most perfect quote to start your day with (and so fitting for a dressing area)?!
I then put it in the bulletin board frame:

Super-cute, right? Eventually I want to paint the bulletin part of the board, but for now, this definitely works for me.
Here it is, hung up with my necklaces dangling:

I’ve decided I need to add to my necklace collection…many of my old faves have broken and I haven’t purchased any new in a while.
So what do you think of the jewelry board? Now that they are on display, they won’t be “outta sight, outta mind”…so hopefully you’ll be seeing me with more accessories from now on!